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Stateside: Tough year for farmers; electric vehicle infrastructure; immigrants and public benefits

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David Cassleman
Interlochen Public Radio
Michigan farming is likely to suffer after one of the wettest planting seasons on record.



Today on Stateside, how Michigan farmers are dealing with devastating crop losses and the impacts of a trade war. Plus, many in Michigan's immigrant communities were not surprised by a new Trump administration rule that denies green cards to immigrants who have used, or are likely to use, public benefits.



Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below.


Wet spring and trade war add up to a tough year for Michigan farmers, says state rep.


Stateside’s conversation with Julie Alexander


  • Michigan farmers are struggling to get by after one of Michigan’s wettest planting seasons significantly reduced this year’s crop yields. Republican State Rep. Julie Alexander chairs the House agriculture committee, and recently held a joint hearing to hear concerns from farmers in the state. She shares what she learned from the hearing, and whether state government can do more to help Michigan farmers.


Howes: Signs of recession at home and abroad



Stateside’s conversation with Daniel Howes

  • All eyes are on Wall Street after the Dow dropped 800 points Wednesday along with other serious stock drops. Some worry this could be a sign that a recession is around the corner. The president blames the Federal Reserve Board, but others attribute the drop to high interest rates and the ongoing trade war with China. We talk to Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes about what’s causing markets to fall, and what this might mean for the American economy.


Trump rule limiting legal immigration not a surprise to Michigan's immigrant communities

Stateside’s conversation with William Lopez


  • The Trump administration is applying new limits on legal immigration. As of October 15th, immigrants will be refused a green card if they've used, or appear likely to use, government benefit programs. That includes programs like subsidized housing, food stamps, and Medicaid. Immigration activists say this new policy will drive immigrants away from public services to which they are legally entitled.
  • University of Michigan assistant professor Dr. William Lopez part of a team of researchers that has been studying the impact of rapidly changing immigration policies on immigrant families in Detroit and Washtenaw County. He joins us to talk about how recent shifts in immigration policy have impacted the physical and mental health of immigrants.

Climate Crew: Kids inspired Detroit mom to join fight for clean air, climate change solutions



Stateside’s conversation with Nicky Marcot


  • Nicky Marcot was never really into the “environmentalist scene” until she had kids. Now, she’s a member of Moms Clean Air Force and advocates for clean air policies and climate change solutions. She joins Stateside to talk about what drove her to be a passionate environmentalist, and how she promotes change in her community.


MLive reporter on new details in sexual harassment, assault allegations against UM opera professor



Stateside’s conversation with Gus Burns


  • A report unveiled last week in federal court contains a long list of misconduct claims against a University of Michigan opera professor. David Daniels faces an array of accusations of sexual misconduct and assault. The school spent seven months investigating these  allegations. The previously confidential findings were recently made public in a federal court filing. We get a breakdown of the allegations against Daniels, and hear what the new documents reveal, from MLive reporter Gus Burns.


Bills aim to make Michigan first “fully networked” state for electric vehicles



Stateside’s conversation with Mallory McMorrow


  • Electric vehicles are great for the environment, but they’re not always the easiest way to get around. In Michigan, there's a patchwork of electric charging stations across the state, which is a problem for those hoping to drive any long distance. State Senator Mallory McMorrow has introduced a package of bills to try and change that. She joins Stateside to discuss how the bills would encourage the development of more EV infrastructure, and in turn, encourage more Michiganders to start driving electric vehicles. 

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